Shenzhen & Beijing, China
- Telling Telecom (Stock Code: 000829. SZ) and Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced a distribution agreement for BlackBerry® smartphones in China.
Telling Telecom will assist RIM to expand the national reach of BlackBerry smartphones through its strong knowledge and experience in the marketplace and its comprehensive relationships with local partners.
Commenting on the agreement, Mr. Yang Siqing, Chief Operation Officer, Telling Telecom, said, “As one of the leaders in mobile and handset distribution, Telling Telecom has built a vast network helping international brands launch products in China. BlackBerry smartphones are used by millions of customers around the world to stay connected to the people and content that matter most throughout their day. We are pleased to reach an agreement with RIM. Working closely with our channels, Telling Telecom will help increase the availability and footprint of BlackBerry smartphones across the country.”
Mr. Gregory Shea, Managing Director, China at Research In Motion, said, “We are delighted to reach a distribution agreement with Telling Telecom. Business partnerships are an important aspect of RIM’s strategy in China and this collaboration will further strengthen our market position to better serve our customers and to provide new smartphone offerings in China.”
About Telling Telecom
Founded in December of 1996, Shenzhen Telling Telecom Co., Ltd. (Telling Telecom) is one of the largest telecom distributors in China. The company has over 8,000 employees, 25 branch offices, 125 agencies and more than 560 marketing branches that cover over 40,000 retail stores in China. Telling Telecom’ network integrates pre-sales, in store management, distribution, after sales and online support, making it an influential platform to promote mobile and handset brands in China. Telling Telecom is a major partner of China Mobile and China Unicom. It also has a close relationship with China Telecom.
By the end of 2010, the group’s revenue reached RMB 23.8 billion. The company has been one of China’s Top 500 enterprises for six consecutive years since 2005. It ranks 347th and serves 11 of China’s Top 500 companies. Telling Telecom will build its business on mobile Internet technology, devices, distribution and retail channel. It has the best of both worlds, integrating operator and vendor strengths, which positions Telling Telecom as a strategic player in the mobile Internet era in China,
About Research In Motion
Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry® solution in 1999. Today, BlackBerry products and services are used by millions of customers around the world to stay connected to the people and content that matter most throughout their day. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. RIM is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market (NASDAQ: RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RIM). For more information, visit www.rim.com